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Scott Welch Final Exam American Literature- Ms. Autry December 11, 2006 This semester many authors have been reviewed and discussed. In the past few weeks the class has looked at several key persons during the time prior to and just after the American Civil War. Perhaps two of the most influential authors during this time are Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This essay will compare the views and styles of both writers, using pieces of their works as a reference to symbolize how the two were similar in thoughts and feelings about the role of slavery in this country. Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery and the impact it has on American lives was very unique coming from a white male during this time. He amassed a great deal of criticism and following for his views. Lincoln would eventually become the sixteenth president of the United States and his trials before and after the election is where many of his great works are produced. His decision to practice law is perhaps what enabled him to be the perfect presidential candidate to voice opinions against the use of slavery. He was elected into Congress in 1846 and he quickly became known for his opposition to the slave trade. He commented on keeping all new territories as free states. Coming from a poverty stricken childhood and rising to the top he “insisted that new territories be kept free as ‘places for poor people to go and better their condition.” (p. 1614)
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